Mass and blessing for special needs children
Special needs children and their families attended a healing-blessing service and Christmas Mass held specially for them during the annual Ignatian Day of Recollection on Dec 13.
The afternoon Mass, held at the Church of St Ignatius, was concelebrated by Msgr Philip Heng and Fr Agustinus Tanudjaja.
In his homily, Msgr Heng reminded participants that Jesus came into the world to be one with people. Jesus loves everyone but He has a special love for the poor, the sick and marginalised.
“We are truly blessed to have among us the poor, the sick and especially those with special needs,” said Msgr Heng. “We ask God to heal them and to give them peace.”
He encouraged parents and caregivers present that God sees their every action as well as the care and compassion that they shower on the children.
The Mass was followed by benediction with the Blessed Sacrament and special blessings for all present.
The parents of the children with special needs appeared visibly touched by this opportunity to celebrate Mass as a family.
One participant, Ms Denise Koh from the Church of St Mary of the Angels, asked, “When would the next Mass be?”
She also commented, “Is it possible for our community to be more inclusive? If we want to change the world to accept our children, we need to start from our parish.”
The Office for the New Evangelisation (ONE) provided support for the event.
The Ignatian Day of Recollection had the theme, Compassionate Love of God for the Suffering.